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Sundance ’12 acquisitions round-up #3: V/H/S, ARBITRAGE and more

Sundance ’12 acquisitions round-up #3: V/H/S, ARBITRAGE and more

With the clock winding down on Sundance ’12, the market for distribution titles is starting to look like a domino course. Once the first couple titles fell, they all started to fall. We’ve got a lot of news since our last roundup, so let’s get to it.

The latest domino to drop is V/H/S, the found footage horror anthology from a whole mess of directors including Adam Wingard (YOU’RE NEXT), Joe Swanberg (SILVER BULLETS), and Ti West (THE INNKEEPERS). According to The Hollywood Reporter, Magnolia Pictures picked the film (which is supposedly so intense that it made several audience members pass out) for approximately $1 million. Their plans for V/H/S are said to include a video-on-demand preview and then a theatrical release and then, I imagine, a kitschy release on VHS.

Richard Sandling's 200 VHS movie covers

Richard Sandling's 200 VHS movie covers

Comedian and self-declared VHS enthusiast Richard Sandling owns over 3,000 movies on VHS, and he scanned 200 of their covers for this project. His collection seems to lean heavily on pulp, but this might also be a reflection of the era in which VHS was most prevalent. And as much as I laughed at many of the covers…

2001's monolith in VHS format–literally

2001's monolith in VHS format–literally

Cue Richard Strauss’s “Also Sprach Zarathustra”: Using Styrofoam, Plexiglas, and latex paint, the artist David Herbert created this monolithic tribute to the monolith in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001. It appeared (or is appearing?) at the Saatchi Gallery in London. If I were rich and had a gigantic apartment, I would totally buy this. [via Looker.]